Were you high-school sweethearts? Was it love at first sight? Just because your love story might be cliché, it doesn’t mean your vacation has to be. From New York City to Rome, the world is riddled with romantic hideaways beyond the expected destinations. Yes, landmarks like the top of the Empire State Building are classic date spots for a reason, but they’re also usually coursing with crowds, lines and even price gouging.
Often times you’ll find that it’s the local gems, just off the tourist-laden path, where you can truly enjoy each other’s company. After all, when it comes to a romantic getaway, who you are going with is always going to outweigh where you are going. So if you want to remember more than, “We went to the Eiffel Tower,” consider these fun, alternative date ideas around the world compiled by Gifts.co.uk. READ MORE
Jennifer Aniston and new husband Justin Theroux have embarked on a luxurious honeymoon in the South Pacific after quietly tying the knot in front of 70 friends and family members at their Bel Air, CA, manse. Here’s what we know so far to inspire your own fantasy honeymoon (even if you have to settle for flying first-class like a mere mortal).
Mr Moeava de Rosemont / Four Seasons
The Getaway Plan
Odds were on Cabo, the couple’s frequent Mexican getaway, as the honeymoon destination. Instead, they went all-out to mark the special occasion by hopping on a private jet for the roughly 8-hour flight from LA to French Polynesia’s Leeward Islands. In all fairness, Bora Bora already received the couple’s stamp of approval when they celebrated Theroux’s 43rd birthday and their second engagement anniversary there last August.
Breaking With Tradition
While Bora Bora is a honeymooners’ tropical paradise, the newlyweds certainly didn’t plan on holing up in one of 100 overwater huts for a week. Aniston stayed true to her vacation style of beach, bikinis and besties, bringing along Courteney Cox, Jimmy Kimmel, Jason Bateman and their families to continue the wedding celebrations. Talk about #squadgoals. READ MORE
The scene may look familiar. Natalia Zakharova, wearing a fabulous dress, has a hand outstretched behind her toward photographer and partner Murad Osmann — but this time, she’s leading him down the aisle. The couple who became Instagram-famous with their hashtag campaign #FollowMeTo, which captured their travels with serious wanderlust- and aww-inducing photographs, tied the knot over the weekend at the Zhavoronki Event Hall in Moscow, Russia. In just 2 years, the couple’s hand-holding photographs have gained more than 2 million followers, as well as fans all over the world.
Where will the couple who have been everywhere (and we mean everywhere) together go on their honeymoon? We have a few suggestions. As we wait with bated breath, scroll through 10 of our all-time favorite destination shots.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai
So you don’t have a valentine this year … whomp, whomp. Don’t spend the weekend gorging on chocolate hearts and swiping right on a certain dating app. Instead, consider exploring your options in a different city this year. The best city for finding love, according to a new Zillow survey? Washington, DC. The survey used 4 main metrics: percentage of population that’s single, percentage of population that’s new to the city and single (hello, fresh options), date spots, and disposable income to pay for said date spots. The Washington Post does pose the obvious question: Could Washington be the best city for love because it’s the most loveless city? Hmm, let’s stay hopeful!
La Mer Restaurant, Honolulu, Hawaii (Photo Courtesy of OpenTable)
Hey, lovebirds, don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, and if you haven’t made your plans yet, you better get cracking! Need ideas? OpenTable just released its list of 2015’s Most Romantic Restaurants in America.
Whether you want to woo your S.O. over swoon-worthy seafood or hope to rekindle a relationship with a fireside meal, these restaurants are sure to stir up a little romance. This year’s list of winning restaurants with decadent dishes and come-hither ambiences spans more than 31 states and the nation’s capital and is based on more than 5 million restaurant reviews.
It must be the dreamy ocean views, because California boasts the most romantic restaurants, followed by New York, Texas and Virginia. And the cuisine that, for the past 6 years, has been the favorite for flirting over? Fondue.
Photo Courtesy of Josh Rodriguez via Flickr
The white, sandy shores and turquoise waters of Cancun, Mexico, might not be the first spot that couples who are planning a traditional Indian wedding think of as a destination for their nuptials — but it should be.
To the shock and dismay of women around the world, the world’s most eligible bachelor is officially off the market. George Clooney tied the knot with Amal Alamuddin on Sept. 27 in Venice, Italy, at Hotel Aman, a historic hotel on Venice’s iconic Canal Grande.
This 16th-century palazzo, which was built on water, housed Venice’s elite for centuries, so it was a fitting spot for the Oscar-winning actor and the internationally acclaimed barrister to wed. Renovated into a luxury resort in 2013, Hotel Aman blends the old world with the new — frescoes hang in some of the 24 guest rooms, but there’s also a spa and fitness area. Don’t get too excited about following in Clooney’s footsteps: A night here will cost you — prices start at about $1,000 a night for a standard room. Most star-worthy wedding moment? The glamorous couple and their A-list guests arrived via boat or gondola.
After a dream wedding in Venice, where does a Hollywood power couple such as Clooney and Alamuddin honeymoon? Far-flung exotic locales like the beaches in Mauritius or the Maldives? Or perhaps, as was speculated, at royal honeymoon hot spot Seychelles?
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Hollywood’s hottest power couple, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, finally made their almost-decade union official, as they exchanged vows in a small chapel at the Chateau Miraval. But this isn’t just any 17th-century estate in Provence, France — Hollywood’s’ royal couple owns the enchanting domain. Perhaps Jolie and Pitt knew when they bought the French estate 2 years ago that it would be the perfect location for their wedding — it sits on 1,000 sprawling acres in the ancient village of Correns and is reported to have 35 rooms, a vineyard and a moat (perfect for keeping the paparazzi out).
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are going to have a better long weekend than you. After much anticipation, the extravagant couple will tie the knot on Saturday, May 25 in Florence, Italy, in front of more than 100 guests, including their 11-month-old daughter, North.
But this won’t be your average celebrity destination wedding in a stunning Italian villa. After all, West — who proposed on the jumbotron at the San Francisco Giants’ At&T Stadium … with a 50-piece orchestra, their friends and family watching from the dugout and Keeping Up With the Kardashians cameras rolling — wouldn’t say “I do” any other way.
In true Kimye fashion, it seems no expense was spared on the lavish affair spanning across 2 romantic, European cities. Below you’ll find their rumored 3-day itinerary:
Friday, May 23:
Photo by Four Seasons Hotel George V
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up some romance-inspiring travel ideas. Get your heart pumping on an adrenaline-filled adventure or gaze into your valentine’s eyes at a fireside table for 2 this weekend.